Keir Starmer concedes Labour has lost the trust of working people
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 18:05:56 GMT
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Leader says party considering moving HQ out of London to show it represents the whole country after May election defeats

The Conservatives inflicted a historic byelection defeat on Labour and regained the Tees Valley mayoralty by a landslide as Keir Starmer conceded his party had lost the trust of working people across England.

The Labour leader, who called the local election results abitterly disappointinga, is considering moving his partyas headquarters out of London to reflect Labouras determination to show that it represents the whole country, party sources told the Guardian.

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Labour makes big gains in Wales defeating ex-Plaid Cymru leader
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 21:01:44 GMT
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Party unseats Leanne Wood in Rhondda and holds on to key Senedd Tory targets despite electoral woes

Despite Labouras woes elsewhere, the party exceeded even its own expectations in Wales, holding on to key Senedd seats the Tories had targeted and defeating one of the most well known figures in Welsh politics, the former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.

Mark Drakeford, whose cautious approach to the Covid crisis as first minister has proved to be one of the partyas bestselling points, said he would wait until all results were in on Saturday before he turns his mind to forming a new Welsh government.

Speaking after extending his Cardiff West seatas majority by more than 10,000 votes, Drakeford said: aNo party has ever won a majority in the Senedd. Itas very hard to find those extra couple of seats. But we will be far closer to it than I think anybody imagined we would be.

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Nicola Sturgeon plays down SNP prospects after pro-UK tactical voting
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:32:20 GMT
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First minister says majority is avery long shota as results show strong support for defending candidates of other parties

Nicola Sturgeon has played down the prospects of winning an overall Holyrood majority despite a late surge in wins for the Scottish National party.

The first minister and Scottish National party leader told reporters in Glasgow aa majority has always been a very, very long shota as counts across the country showed support for sitting Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates.

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England puts 12 destinations on Covid agreen lista for trips from 17 May
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 17:49:10 GMT
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Destinations on green list include Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Brunei and Israel

Portugal and Israel are among a dozen countries which have been placed on Englandas first ever agreen lista, allowing people to go abroad from 17 May and return home without the need to quarantine.

Announcing the first easing of tight restrictions on foreign travel in months, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said people would soon be able to book foreign holidays and make trips to see friends or relatives living overseas. He also announced plans to make digital vaccine passports available.

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Noel Clarke accused of sexual harassment on Doctor Who set
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:39 GMT
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Exclusive: BBC faces questions as further allegations made about Clarke a and co-star John Barrowman is accused of exposing himself

The Noel Clarke sexual harassment controversy threatens to embroil the BBC after several sources came forward to allege they were sexually harassed or inappropriately touched by the actor on a flagship show, Doctor Who.

Another Doctor Who actor, John Barrowman, has also been accused of repeatedly exposing himself to co-workers on two BBC productions, prompting questions about whether the corporation allowed a lax culture on its sets during the mid-2000s.

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Residents angry after fire at east London high-rise with Grenfell-style panels
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:27:51 GMT
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Blaze tore through flats at New Providence Wharf in Tower Hamlets on Friday morning

Residents of a high-rise block with Grenfell-style cladding in east London that caught fire causing multiple injuries have voiced anger at the government and the buildingas developer that nothing was done to repair it sooner.

The fire broke out before 9am on Friday on the eighth floor of the 19-storey apartment building in the New Providence Wharf development in Poplar, which is clad partly in combustible aluminium panels similar to those that fuelled the fire at Grenfell Tower. It has not been fixed amid a wrangle over who should pay.

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Julia James killing: Kent police identify man they appealed to hear from
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:17:43 GMT
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Police released a photo earlier on Friday of the man, who they said could be of acrucial importancea to the investigation

Police investigating the death of police community support officer Julia James have identified a man they wanted to speak to and said they are no longer seeking information about him.

Earlier on Friday, Kent police released of a man they said could be of acrucial importancea to the investigation.

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Inquest to be held into Covid death of rail worker allegedly spat at by customer
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 18:41:14 GMT
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Senior coroner says there needs to be an investigation into what may have been the aunnaturala death of Belly Mujinga

An inquest will held into the death of Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died with Covid-19 after an alleged incident where she was coughed on and spat at by a customer.

Mujinga, 47, died last April, two weeks after the alleged incident on the concourse at Londonas Victoria station where she worked as a sales clerk for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

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Officer urged partner to hit Dalian Atkinson as he lay injured, court told
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 17:36:01 GMT
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PC accused of murder allegedly told fellow officer to strike former footballer with her baton

The police officer accused of murdering Dalian Atkinson swore and urged his partner to hit the stricken former footballer with her baton as he lay injured, a jury has heard.

The two officers were called to a disturbance in Meadow Close, Telford, after Atkinson shouted outside his fatheras house on 15 August 2016. They found him behaving erratically.

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Over 1m homes in England with planning permission not built
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 23:01:33 GMT
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Local Government Association says 2.78m homes approved between 2010 and 2011, with only 1.6m built

More than 1.1m homes that received planning permission in England over the last decade are yet to be built, according to the Local Government Association, which called for new powers to be given to councils to encourage developers to build housing more quickly.

The LGA, which represents 327 of the 333 councils in England, said that 2.78m homes have been granted planning permission by councils since 2010/11, but over the same period only 1.6m have been built. The number of planning consents granted for new homes has more than doubled since 2010, with nine in 10 planning applications being approved by councils.

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Israeli police clash with protesters over Palestinian evictions
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 22:50:17 GMT
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Up to 178 Palestinians and six officers injured in skirmishes at al-Aqsa mosque and around east Jerusalem

Israeli police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalemas al-Aqsa mosque amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.

At least 178 Palestinians and six officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islamas third-holiest site and around east Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear.

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Gary Linekeras political tweets could help him avoid APS4.9m tax bill
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 13:32:00 GMT
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Presenteras tweets on Brexit and Tories could form part of case that he is not a typical BBC or BT Sport employee

Gary Linekeras political tweets could help the presenter avoid a APS4.9m tax bill, as part of a continuing dispute about whether he should be classed as a freelance worker for the BBC and BT Sport.

The Match of the Day host is involved in a long-running legal case over whether he owes substantial back taxes relating to his work as a presenter during the mid-2010s, following fellow TV presenters Eamonn Holmes and Lorraine Kelly in facing showdowns with HMRC over their employment status.

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New York boy stuns family with $2,618 Amazon order for SpongeBob popsicles
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 21:22:20 GMT
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Noah Bryant, four, who is on the autism spectrum, sent a 51-case order of SpongeBob treats to his auntas house

A four-year-old New York boy has left his family with a huge bill after he secretly ordered a staggering $2,618 worth of SpongeBob popsicles from online retailer Amazon.

Noah Bryant, from Brooklyn, ordered 51 cases containing a total of 918 popsicles to be shipped to his auntas house, the local TV station ABC7 reported.

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Covid: people under 40 in UK to get alternative to AstraZeneca jab
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 11:34:36 GMT
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Move towards greater precaution on Covid vaccines follows figures on rare blood clots and low infection rates

People under 40 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine where possible and while infection rates remain low, following a recommendation from government advisers.

It comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) reviewed the speed and uptake of Covid vaccines in the UK and the latest figures on very rare blood clots after first shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Covid rips through rural Indiaas threadbare healthcare system
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:57:15 GMT
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The pandemic overwhelming the big cities is reaching areas of Bihar where there is one doctor for 40,000 people

In the small rural village of Kathail, in the east of Indiaas poorest state, Bihar, access to healthcare has always been scarce. But when 34-year-old Umakant Singh fell sick with a cough and fever last week, his brother Mantu Singh did all he could to find help.

For four days Mantu rushed around, collecting the limited medicines he could find for his younger brother and nursing him at home. But he knew what these symptoms meant: Covid-19 had reached their village.

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Pupils should keep wearing masks into the summer, Sage told ministers
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:44:14 GMT
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New document adds to health expert and union concerns over education secretaryas plan to change advice on face coverings in class

Scientists on the governmentas Sage committee told ministers that pupils should continue to wear face masks into the summer, according to documents released hours after the education secretary said the advice was to be watered down in secondary schools.

Gavin Williamson confirmed on Friday that the government was planning to change its guidance around the wearing of masks in class for secondary school pupils at step 3 of its roadmap out of lockdown, which is expected to go ahead on 17 May.

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NHS to allow pregnant women to book specific Covid vaccines
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 17:09:15 GMT
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Announcement comes after complaints of women being passed afrom pillar to posta

The coronavirus vaccine booking system will be amended to allow pregnant women to book specific vaccines, after organisations representing obstetricians, GPs and midwives said they were being passed afrom pillar to posta in their efforts to book jabs.

NHS health providers a including vaccine sites, pharmacies, GP surgeries and hospital trusts a have now been told the system will be changed to allow pregnant women to book specific vaccines.

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aObsessed with the flaga: Labour recriminations begin in Hartlepool
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 13:37:32 GMT
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Party figures point to deep identity crisis as one of the reasons for shattering byelection loss to Tories

A union jack hangs limply from Labouras campaign headquarters in Hartlepool. The flag has flown for six weeks over the former vape shop, next to an outlet called We Sell Owt, in the town where Labour fought its most bruising byelection campaign in decades.

As Hartlepool woke up on Friday as the seat of a Conservative MP for the first time in 57 years, Labour figures pointed to the flag as being emblematic of the deep identity crisis behind the partyas shattering loss.

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aWeare seen as dogsa: death of Tongan LGBTQ+ activist sparks calls for reform
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:00:32 GMT
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After the alleged murder of Polikalepo Kefu, Pacific LGBTQI groups are calling for change, including revoking sodomy laws

The large hall of the basilica in the Tongan capital Nukuaalofa, hasnat seen many crowds since Covid restrictions were introduced a year ago.

But on Thursday night, people from across all parts of society packed every inch of available space in the venue, clad mostly in black and the traditional woven taaovala dress.

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aGreen lista guide: the countries travellers from England can visit
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 18:02:43 GMT
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The government has revealed the destinations to which quarantine-free holidays will be allowed

The government has just announced its green list for quarantine-free international travel into England. The countries on it are Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, Israel, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, and Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira.

Related: Englandas traffic-light system for foreign travel: all you need to know

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Rob Burrow: aIave had such a wonderful life. I want to make the most of the time I have lefta
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 18:00:28 GMT
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The Leeds Rhinos stalwart and his wife Lindsey look back at his storied career and share their heartfelt journey since he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease

Rob Burrow can no longer talk and yet, on a rainy bank holiday evening at home in Pontefract, he answers another of my questions about life and death. It feels almost magical as his familiar Yorkshire voice fills the room even though Burrow is smiling gently rather than moving his lips. aI donat think you ever know your inner strength until you get told you are dying,a says the former Leeds Rhinos rugby league international who is a prisoner in his own body. aI would never have known I could be this positive when getting the news.a

The 38-year-old, who won eight Grand Finals and 20 international caps during a long and memorable career, has a ravaging form of motor neurone disease. He and his wife, Lindsey, who has been with him since they started going out at the age of 15, received the shattering diagnosis in December 2019. The prognosis was bleak because Burrow was told his life expectancy, while declining rapidly from an incurable disease, would be unlikely to stretch beyond two years.

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aWeare piggy in the middlea: Brexit has made life impossible, say Jersey fishers
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 13:10:49 GMT
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Their families have been fishing here for decades but despite promises of frictionless trade, the market for their fish is disappearing

Steph Noel, who has been fishing the waters off Jersey for almost four decades, could not see the point of chugging out to sea in his 8.5-metre boat, Belle Bird, this weekend.

aThereas no value in it for me,a he said. aItall cost me in bait and diesel but even if I have a good day thereas no market there for what I bring back.a

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So who are you again? Boris Johnson meets the new MP for Hartlepool
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 17:00:01 GMT
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PM tried not to gloat at Jill Mortimeras win, claiming no knowledge of Brexit party demise, vaccine bounce ... and even his new MP

The real surprise was that anyone was surprised. Over the last few days the polls had looked desperate for Labour and it would have been astonishing if the Conservatives hadnat easily won the Hartlepool byelection.

And sure enough those who had voted for the Brexit party in the 2019 general election moved en masse to the Tories and Hartlepool went blue for the first time since the constituency had been created back in the mid-1970s. So what with the end of the Brexit party and the vaccine bounce, the byelection had been an accident waiting to happen for Labour.

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Killing machines: humble British hedgehog causes havoc in New Zealand
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:00:30 GMT
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Brought over by British settlers to make themselves feel more at home, the diminutive mammals are thriving - which spells doom for native wildlife

Consider the hedgehog. Tiny, rotund, bright-eyed and snuffling, they are shampooed for internet videos, fed saucers of milk by children, and have been immortalised by Beatrix Potteras Mrs Tiggy Winkle. Of all the nocturnal mammals one may encounter poking through the backyard at night, they are surely the most beloved.

But in New Zealand, these small, trundling, spiky creatures are killing machines.

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Dough to go: Romeas first pizza vending machine gets mixed reviews
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:05:26 GMT
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Mr Go Pizza booth offers 24/7 pizzas, kneaded by a machine and served with cutlery

Massimo Bucolo bravely dared to go where nobody else had gone before in order to take a slice of Italyas competitive pizza market: a 24-hour vending machine that dishes out freshly baked pizza in three minutes.

Located in a booth on Via Catania, close to Piazza Bologna in Rome, Mr Go Pizza offers up four varieties, including the classic margherita invented in Naples in 1889, each costing between a!4.50 and a!6. Customers can watch through a small glass window as the vending machine kneads and tops the dough.

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We were there: the Guardianas most memorable journalism over 200 years
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 11:00:32 GMT
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The Guardian has published more than 5m pieces of journalism since 1821. With the help of staff, readers, supporters and alumni we pick 200 of the most powerful, and ask Guardian staff past and present to reflect on their enduring appeal. Day one: investigations, from WikiLeaks to Snowden

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What we got wrong: the Guardianas worst errors of judgment over 200 years
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 06:00:29 GMT
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Fiercely critical of Abraham Lincoln and at times racist, this newspaperas leader columns did not always get it right

A daily newspaper cannot publish for 200 years without getting some things wrong. This one has made its share of mistakes.

There will always be errors of news judgment given the nature of the work. Tight deadlines meant the sinking of the Titanic was relegated to a small spot on page 9 in 1912; errors of scientific understanding resulted in a 1927 article that promoted the virtues of asbestos, and others in the late 1970s that warned of a looming ice age.

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Competition: guess the date of the Guardian article a week one
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:39 GMT
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Pinpoint the date the story first appeared in the Guardian to be in with a chance of winning prizes including a ticket to a Masterclass of your choice

To mark the Guardianas bicentenary, we are running a competition for readers. We have selected six stories that have appeared over the past 200 years. There is a link between them, but just to make it a little spicier we will not be telling you what that link is.

Each of these six stories will be published on the Guardian website on successive Fridays, with the next four following on 14, 21 and 28 May, and on 4 June. On 11 June, we will publish the final piece along with the other five, alongside a form for entries. You must guess the date that each of the stories appeared. The first 10 randomly chosen readers who correctly identify the dates (or got closest to them) will receive prizes, including a ticket to a Guardian Masterclass of your choice, a ticket to a Guardian Live event of your choice, and merchandise packs of commemorative gifts to mark the 200th anniversary. All entries will need to be received by 2 July. The results and a list of winners will appear on 16 July. If more than 10 people get all six right, the winning names will be drawn from a hat (possibly metaphorical).

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How did the Guardian survive 200 years?
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 06:00:28 GMT
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The Guardian is older than Germany, the New York Times, most FTSE 100 companies and fish ana chips. How did a tiny Manchester start-up from the steam age last so long?

On the day the Guardian was born in Manchester on 5 May 1821, the big story was taking place 4,800 miles away on an island in the south Atlantic.

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Noel Clarke and the allegations that have shaken the film and television industry a podcast
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 02:00:23 GMT
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Journalists Lucy Osborne and Sirin Kale discuss the allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment by 20 women against Clarke

On 10 April 2021, the actor, director and writer Noel Clarke was awarded one of the most prestigious accolades bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the prize for outstanding British contribution to cinema. But 13 days before presenting Clarke with his award, Bafta was informed about the existence of several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment against Clarke. Bafta does not dispute it received anonymous emails and reports of allegations via intermediaries, but said it was provided with no evidence that would allow it to investigate.

Journalists Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne tell Rachel Humphreys about their investigation into Clarke. They spoke to 20 women, all of whom knew Clarke in a professional capacity. They variously accuse him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.

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Champions League: FA in talks over relocating final as Turkey joins red list
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:46:46 GMT
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  • Manchester City and Chelsea fans affected by move
  • FA in talks with Uefa over bringing final to England

The Football Association is in talks with Uefa over relocating the Champions League final to England after Turkey was placed on the UK governmentas travel red list.

Uefa had been expected to confirm details on Friday for the final on 29 May, with Manchester City and Chelsea fans expected to be allocated at least 4,000 tickets each for the match in Istanbul.

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New age of austerity: Guardiola, Tuchel and the case for the defence | Jonathan Liew
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:45:29 GMT
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Despite all their luxury attacking players it is back-to-basics defending that has been key to Manchester Cityas and Chelseaas success this season

Several epochs ago, back in the long-forgotten wilderness of October 2020, a good deal of airtime and column inches were expended on the curious deluge of high-scoring thrillers that had occurred in the first few rounds of the new Premier League season. Aston Villa put seven past Liverpool. Leicester put five past Manchester City. JosA(c) Mourinhoas Tottenham, who pretty much everyone agreed were a team going places, put six past Ole Gunnar SolskjA|ras Manchester United, who pretty much everyone agreed were sinking without trace.

Everywhere you looked, defences were on fire. By the end of the fourth round of fixtures, the average number of goals per game was a scarcely credible 3.79. As ever, footballas content-industrial complex kicked into gear. Various airy theories were propounded. The lack of crowds. The truncated pre-season. The new handball laws. Dodgy keepers. In a newspaper column, the former England striker Stan Collymore declared that athe art of defending is deada, a pronouncement he had previously made in both 2016 and 2014.

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Wilson fires double as Newcastle dent Leicesteras top-four hopes
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 21:00:24 GMT
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Steve Bruce has faced all kinds of flak this season but one quality he undoubtedly possesses is resilience. Thanks to this win Newcastle will almost certainly be in the Premier League again next season, for better or worse. Leicesteras staying power, on the other hand, is wide open to question once more after a jittery performance that leaves them at risk of letting Champions League qualification slip through their fingers for the second season in a row.

Brendan Rodgersa team are still in the top four but to avoid the pain and embarrassment of dropping out again they may need to win their three remaining league fixtures, which are against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with the FA Cup final in between. They had hoped to drain as much stress as possible from those meetings by dispatching Newcastle. Instead they self-destructed.

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Lions squad brings skill to South Africa party a but past lessons must be learned | Ugo Monye
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:47:52 GMT
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Warren Gatlandas selection will have been affected by the 2009 tour when we were not ready for the Springboksa brutality

For those players selected in the British & Irish Lions squad on Wednesday, the tour starts this weekend. Thatas how I felt when I was lucky enough to have my name read out in 2009; you feel a sense of wanting to prove you deserve your place and you are already thinking about pressing your claims for the Test team. I was up against Shane Williams who had been named World Player of the Year in 2008 so I knew I had my work cut out.

My first match after being selected was a European quarter-final against Leinster and my last was the Premiership semi-final against London Irish. I didnat find this out for a while afterwards but my mum had a dream in the week that I broke my neck playing rugby. I went up for a high ball in the first 10 minutes and landed on my head a my mum was in the crowd at the time. I just remember thinking I couldnat go off, I was desperate to help Harlequins to a final. The following Six Nations I was knocked unconscious and had to have a scan, and while I got the all clear for that they noticed I had a displaced disc in my neck that had been there for six months or so. Had I gone off against Irish I really donat think I would have made the tour so it just goes to show, the fate of these players is the lap of the gods.

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Saunders can give Alvarez problems but he may yet regret his impudence | Donald McRae
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:00:30 GMT
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A tawdry week in Texas ends with a world title fight a and Billy Joe Saunders may pay for making SaAol aCaneloa Alvarez angry

aI have no regrets whatsoever,a Billy Joe Saunders said defiantly a few weeks ago as he began to beat the drum for his world title unification fight against the formidable SaAol aCaneloa Alvarez in front of an expected crowd of 60,000 in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night. aI never regret anything a otherwise I wouldnat do it.a

Saunders spoke in typically fiery fashion after he was asked if he felt any remorse for some of his antics over the years. A small selection could start with Saunders being an unrepentant and very loud supporter of Daniel Kinahan, his mentor, who is exiled in Dubai. This year a BBC Panorama investigation into Kinahanas continued involvement in boxing insisted that the Irish courts ahave accepted that the Kinahan Organised Crime Group is involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and gangland executionsa. Saunders led the backlash against the BBC and also appeared to taunt Barry McGuigan, who spoke out against Kinahan, over the death of the former world championas daughter from cancer.

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Emma Hayes praises Chelseaas aone-cluba approach as WSL reaches finale
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 14:36:21 GMT
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  • Chelsea will seal title with victory over Reading
  • aItas one club. Thatas the DNA a and it breeds winninga

Emma Hayes has credited Chelseaas inclusive aone cluba policy for helping transport her team to within touching distance of the Womenas Super League title and Champions League trophy.

Some WSL teams are still treated as second-, or even third-class citizens in comparison to their sibling menas sides but Roman Abramovich, Chelseaas owner, has always had time for Hayes, and her squadas achievements represent much more than a footnote in Stamford Bridge history.

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Nine of European Super League rebel clubs commit to Uefa competitions
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:08:04 GMT
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  • Clubs will make combined a!15m contribution to grassroots
  • Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus could face suspension

Nine of the clubs who joined the European Super League, including Englandas big six, have signed a letter of apology recommitting themselves to Uefa and agreeing to give money to the grassroots game in recompense.

The agreement, described by Uefaas president, Aleksander Ceferin, as showing the clubsa acontrition and future commitment to European footballa, means they will be able to compete in next yearas Uefa competitions, should they qualify.

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Frustrated Andy Murray plots return from latest injury setback
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 21:30:31 GMT
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  • Scot injured groin during Miami Open in March
  • Murray has booked practice court in Rome

As Andy Murray prepares to rejoin the ATP tour and resume his attempts to ascend towards the top of the sport after hip surgery, the former world No 1 has detailed the frustration of enduring yet another year so far filled with setbacks and despair.

Six weeks ago in March, Murray suffered a afreaka groin injury at the Miami Open that he believed he sustained in the middle of the night. He was forced to withdraw and return to the increasingly tedious environment of injury rehab in London.

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Labour will probably ask a focus group why itas losing aA and thatas the problem | Aditya Chakrabortty
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 13:40:23 GMT
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The Conservatives are radically reshaping the UK in their image. Keir Starmer urgently needs an alternative vision

Last week, a senior member of Keir Starmeras shadow cabinet told me: aIf the Tories can win Hartlepool, nowhere is safe. They can win anywhere.a A seat that had been Labour since its creation, slap-bang in what the party once called its heartlands, its significance was painfully obvious to Starmeras team. They had moulded their leader and their entire strategy around winning back the ared walla, and here was their first crucial test. Even amid the largest ever set of polls outside a general election, senior officials at party HQ kicked off their operations meeting each morning with a discussion of this one constituency 260 miles up the M1. Time, money, staff: they threw whatever they could at it.

They still got bulldozered. Hartlepool has voted by a landslide for a Conservative who, by her own admission, has spent more time in the Cayman Islands than in the town she will from next week represent at Westminster. And the really bad news for Labour is: thereas much more bad news to come.

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The Jersey fishing standoff shows Brexit has only just begun | Marley Morris
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:03:39 GMT
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Ultimately, Britain will need to find a way to cooperate with its closest neighbours without resorting to gunboat diplomacy

When the UK and the EU finalised their trade deal last December, you could be forgiven for assuming that Boris Johnson had fulfilled his pledge to aget Brexit donea. But as events this week have proved, the process is far from over. An argument with France over fishing rights around the island of Jersey rapidly descended into threats, blockades and the government sending in the navy.

The current dispute rests on differing interpretations of one part of the trade and cooperation agreement (TCA), the trade deal that now governs economic relations between the UK and the EU. While Jersey is not part of the UK and was never within the EU, the TCA replaced the Bay of Granville agreement, which used to govern fishing rights in Jerseyas waters.

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Hartlepool fell victim to the Labour leaderas lack of vision | Owen Jones
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:20:45 GMT
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Having lost a seat that Corbyn outperformed him in twice, itas Starmer who looks like the less than competent politician now

Blind panic. Thatas the generous way to describe the expression etched on the face of Hartlepoolas Labour candidate when I visited the constituency and asked him the most basic question of all: what was his partyas vision for the country? He spluttered, rejected the premise of the question, and threw in platitudes about attracting the best businesses to this County Durham port town by improving child literacy.

This is not to slight Paul Williams, undoubtedly a talented GP rather than a miracle worker who can conjure up a vision for his party where none exists. Tony Benn once said there were two types of politician: a signpost and a weathervane. It would be unfair to describe Keir Starmer as the latter, because weathervanes are at least known to point, however fleetingly, in a direction. Today, we saw the fruits of a truly fascinating experiment: what happens when a political party fights an election campaign without a vision or a coherent message against a government that has both in spades. And truly, it was a bitter result.

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Martin Rowson on Labouras defeat in the Hartlepool byelection a cartoon
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 18:00:27 GMT
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To win back working people, Labour should learn from Joe Biden | Jonathan Freedland
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:09:21 GMT
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The US president has found the one thing divided parties of the left can agree on

A realignment is under way in British politics, and it is killing Labour. The Toriesa crushing win in Hartlepool, along with gains in English council seats that were once painted deepest red, is proof that Boris Johnsonas 2019 victory was no one-off, no aberration. Put simply, working people in towns across England that once saw voting Labour as a defining part of their identity are now voting Conservative a and they are doing so in big numbers.

An overused word, but the threat to Labour is existential. It cannot win and therefore cannot survive as a potential party of government by relying solely on those who are young, live in a city, have a university degree or are from an ethnic minority: there are just not enough of them. Labour needs the votes of the many millions of others still broadly defined as working class. The clue is in the partyas name. And yet look at Labouras membership: 77% of them in social category ABC1, concentrated heavily in London and the south. One Labour MP says candidly: aThere is a canyon between us and the working class.a

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My kids wonat even pick up a book a and it is definitely all my fault | Zoe Williams
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:00:33 GMT
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Reading has brought me endless joy, but I have accidentally crushed my childrenas enthusiasm. It is a terrible indictment, writes Zoe Williams

Two weeks ago, I got so cheered up by something that I still think about it most days. I was talking to two extremely literary people a genuine article, book-writing people a and it turns out that their kids donat read any more than mine do. Until then I thought it was my fault, and it is a genuine source of self-recrimination and sadness. As much as it pleases me to yaw on about the mood-boosting effects of fresh air and exercise, I donat really believe any of that. Reading for pleasure, I do believe in. There have been times in my life when other peopleas stories were the only good things in it, and I didnat hate those times. I actively enjoyed the disappearing. Yet I have totally failed to inculcate my kids with any of this. The furthest theyall meet me is to occasionally read some manga and suffer my homily on whether that counts, if itas mainly pictures.

Other peopleas kids read, otherwise whoas buying all those books? Something just went wrong, between 2007 and today, and I donat know what, but I must have done it.

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The Guardian view on Boris Johnsonas win: Brexit is remaking politics | Editorial
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 17:30:27 GMT
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Boris Johnson has been forced to discover and explain what he stands for. Keir Starmer cannot, and voters are unimpressed

One can read too much into the Conservative partyas astounding victory at the byelection in Hartlepool, a deprived port town seat in north-east England. But it is rare that a government wins such contests, especially when it has been in power for 11 years and when the seat had been the oppositionas for decades. Now the town with the highest unemployment rate in the country has a Tory MP. This makes for a significant moment. The result represents the first fruits of Boris Johnsonas political strategy, which rests on consolidating the 2016 leave vote and using the state to direct cash and jobs to the parts of arust belta England that voted overwhelmingly for Brexit.

Labour might argue that aSuper Thursdaya was about much more than a single constituency. Elsewhere, devolved and local governments were being chosen. Yet in Scotland, Labour is being steamrolled by the nationalists. The party is clinging on in Wales. But to win power it needs to be competitive in England. At the time of writing, English local government elections seem to point to a revival in voting for the Greens and Liberal Democrats, eating into Labouras support. This spells real trouble for Sir Keir Starmer, who could be caught in a pincer movement, losing votes on the left and the right. There are about 20 or so asafea Labour seats, including those of Ed Miliband and Yvette Cooper, where the combined 2019 Brexit and Tory party vote would easily overtake the sitting MP.

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The Guardian view on secondhand clothes: the thrill of the old | Editorial
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 17:25:27 GMT
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Big business is getting in on the act as sales of apreloveda garments boom. But can the trend curb our love for fast fashion?

aFew articles change owners more frequently than clothes. They travel downwards from grade to grade in the social scale with remarkable regularity,a wrote the journalist Adolphe Smith in 1877 as he traced a garmentas journey: cleaned, repaired and resold repeatedly; eventually cut down into a smaller item; finally, when it was beyond all wearability, the fibres recycled into new fabric for the wealthier classes.

That model is almost incomprehensible in the era of fast fashion. The average British customer buys four items a month, often at pocket-money prices; though the low cost is a godsend for the hard-up, many purchases are discarded after a few outings, or never worn at all. Clothes Aid reports that 350,000 tonnes of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK each year.

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The Guardianas 200-year fight for social justice wonat end now | Letters
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:43:52 GMT
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Readers reflect on the Guardianas anniversary and share what the publication has brought to their lives

I went to school in Manchester in the 1950s. In the first week of term, we were told that there were two things that all Mancunians should be proud of: the HallA(c) Orchestra and the Manchester Guardian. The newspaper was available daily in the school library. I had never seen any newspaper at home other than the Daily Mirror. I started to read the Manchester Guardian then and continue to do so. Many congratulations on your birthday.
Liz Newell
Sudbury, Suffolk

aC/ Terrific edition of the Guardian on your bicentenary (Times change but the Guardianas values donat: 200 years, and weave only just begun, 5 May), with so much history and all the reasons why the Guardian is to be treasured. I gave myself an extra treat and went out and bought the print edition as well. The last copy on the shelves at 9am.

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Donat underestimate the value of arts degrees | Letter
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:40:00 GMT
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If funding for arts subjects is slashed, the country will not only be culturally poorer but will also lose skilled and highly motivated graduates, writes Martin Dove

The fact that education comes down to strategic value indicates to me that the people who think about these things do not properly understand education (Plans for 50% funding cut to arts subjects at universities acatastrophica, 6 May). It is obvious that, for some of the needs of society, we need strategic choices in education, because society needs medical staff, vets, architects, lawyers accountants and the like.

But on top of vocational training, what the UK desperately needs is people who can think critically and analytically, who can use their imagination, and who can communicate. We get such people when they are allowed to study the subjects they really enjoy, because all subjects will teach such important and transferable skills.

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Spy cops joked about sexual relationships with women, inquiry told
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:54:39 GMT
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Managers turned a blind eye to agross and offensivea comments, says former undercover police officer

A former undercover police officer has told a public inquiry that his colleagues made agross and offensivea jokes about the women they were deceiving into having sexual relationships.

The officer, Graham Coates, said the jokes and banter were said in the presence of managers who knew about the relationships but deliberately turned a blind eye.

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Murder inquiry after woman found dead in east London
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:11:31 GMT
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Body of Maria Jane Rawlings, 45, was discovered by a dog walker in bushes in Romford on Tuesday

A woman whose body was found in bushes in an east London suburb is believed to have been murdered, according to police.

Maria Jane Rawlings, 45, was found dead in Little Heath, Romford, by a man walking his dog at about 2pm on Tuesday.

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Prison psychologist warned against Usman Khanas release, inquest told
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 11:51:40 GMT
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Ieva Cechaviciute tells inquest she was avery worrieda about Fishmongersa Hall killer being released

A prison psychologist who assessed the convicted terrorist Usman Khan told security staff she was avery worrieda about him being released in the year before his deadly attack at Fishmongersa Hall, an inquest has heard.

Khan killed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones at a prison education event at the London venue in November 2019, 11 months after being released on licence from a high security prison after serving six years for terrorist offences.

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aUnique opportunitya: HS2 unearths history of medieval church
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 11:19:15 GMT
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Archaeologists seize chance to study St Maryas in Buckinghamshire before the rail line obliterates it

For 150 years, in a small, tree-lined corner of a Buckinghamshire field, a large pile of stones lay overgrown and almost forgotten. A thriving local parish church for almost 800 years, the little building of St Maryas near Stoke Mandeville had gradually fallen out of use and been abandoned. By 1866 its crumbling walls were judged to be dangerous and it was pulled down, its rubble left to the grass and weeds.

The site of Old St Maryas church is no longer silent. The ruins sit on the route of what will a most people in Buckinghamshire now reluctantly concede a become the HS2 rail link, and like dozens of other landscape features along the lineas 150-mile length, they are busily being excavated before the trackas construction. This week, HS2 archaeologists announced they had identified 3,000 burials in the churchyard that will be carefully exhumed and reburied elsewhere.

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Gatesas divorce reflects UK trend to settle out of court, say lawyers
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 11:49:52 GMT
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Reported aseparation contracta of Bill and Melinda shows agreement can be reached without litigation

Their extraordinary wealth sets them apart from most couples but the aseparation contracta reportedly agreed by Bill and Melinda Gates reflects a growing trend among divorcing couples in the UK to settle their affairs without going to court , leading family lawyers have said.

The pair, who married 27 years ago and reportedly had no prenuptial agreement, are said to have drawn up a private agreement to divide their assets before announcing their divorce this week. Insiders say that a team of lawyers had probably been working on what is being called a separation agreement for at least a year to avoid the need for litigation through the courts.

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Greensill winding-down bills could top APS30m in a year, report shows
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:57:41 GMT
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Legal fees could hit APS16m as collapsed lenderas administrator Grant Thornton racks up APS2.9m in charges

The bills for lawyers and administrators to wind down Greensill Capitalas UK business are expected to come in at more than APS30m for their first year of work alone, new filings show.

Insolvency experts from Grant Thornton, which was appointed as administrator, have been charging APS562 an hour, and racked up APS2.9m in fees by mid-April. However, the administratorsa report suggests those charges could climb to APS15m by March next year.

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Five art collectives shortlisted for Turner prize
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:27 GMT
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As few artists have been able to show publicly, judges focus on continuing collaborative work

Five art collectives will this year battle it out for the Turner prize, the first time no individual artist has been shortlisted for what remains one of the worldas best-known awards for visual art.

The choice of collectives reflects the fact that few artists have been able to publicly show anything over the past year. It prompted judges to focus on groups of artists whose collaborative work has demonstrably continued, not always in the confines of a gallery.

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US economy picks up just 266,000 April jobs as hiring slows sharply
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:31:17 GMT
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US employers added back far fewer jobs than expected in April in a sign interpreted as showing that many businesses are now struggling to find enough workers as the economic recovery strengthens.

The latest snapshot from the US Labor Department showed the number of non-farm payroll jobs rose for a fourth straight month by 266,000 in April, after growth of 770,000 in March, but sharply below Wall Street forecasts for a rise of about 1m.

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Texas house approves bill restricting voting rights after deal with Democrats
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:37:21 GMT
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SB7 was passed in a procedural vote, opening the doors for the Republican-controlled legislature to rework the bill behind closed doors

Texas Republicans passed their bill restricting voting rights on Friday afternoon, after cutting a deal with Democrats in backroom negotiations overnight.

aNobody deserves to wake up and find out that their rights have been further restricted. But time and time again during this legislative session, thatas what Texans have experienced,a said Wesley Story, communications manager for Progress Texas, a rapid response media organization for progressive messaging.

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aThey canat take it any morea: pandemic and poverty brew violent storm in Colombia
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:17:34 GMT
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Demonstrations that began with a general strike on 28 April quickly descended into violence, with as many as 37 protesters killed across the country

Yina Reyes, a 39-year-old nurse from the downtrodden neighbourhood of SiloA(c) in the Colombian city of Cali, knows only too well what Covid-19 can do to a person a and to a community. Her mother was hospitalized with the disease, and came close to death.

As a home care nurse, she has seen patients get sick and neighbours die. In the early days of the pandemic, her husband lost his job as a chauffeur, leaving her to provide for their daughter and his parents, who share their home.

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Californiaas population declines for the first time in state history
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:39:50 GMT
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Population fell by 182,000 amid declining birth rate, reductions in immigration and an increase in deaths because of Covid

Californiaas population fell by more than 182,000 people in 2020, marking the first year-over-year loss ever recorded for the nationas most populous state.

State officials announced Friday that Californiaas population dipped 0.46% to just under 39.5 million people from January 2020 to January 2021.

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Native American lawyer calls on Harvard to return ancestral relic
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:00:25 GMT
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Ponca chief Standing Bearas tomahawk is currently at Harvardas Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

A descendant of a Native American chief and civil rights leader urges Harvard University to repatriate an ancestral heirloom. Ponca chief Standing Bearas tomahawk a a single-handed axe, is currently displayed at Harvardas Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

aThis is a morality and justice issue,a Brett Chapman, an attorney in Oklahoma with Ponca, Pawnee and Kiowa heritage, says. Chapmanas maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Chief White Eagle, and Standing Bear shared a common grandparent.

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Nine of European Super League rebel clubs commit to Uefa competitions
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:08:04 GMT
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  • Clubs will make combined a!15m contribution to grassroots
  • Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus could face suspension

Nine of the clubs who joined the European Super League, including Englandas big six, have signed a letter of apology recommitting themselves to Uefa and agreeing to give money to the grassroots game in recompense.

The agreement, described by Uefaas president, Aleksander Ceferin, as showing the clubsa acontrition and future commitment to European footballa, means they will be able to compete in next yearas Uefa competitions, should they qualify.

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Fox News made me do it: Capitol attack suspect pulls aFoxitisa defense
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 14:51:38 GMT
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Anthony Antonio, who faces five charges over role in January riot, astarted believing what was being fed to hima, lawyer says

The lawyer for a Delaware man charged over the Capitol attack in January is floating a unique defense: Fox News made him do it.

Anthony Antonio, who is facing five charges including violent entry, disorderly conduct and impeding law enforcement during civil disorder, fell prey to the persistent lies about the so-called astolen electiona being spread daily by Donald Trump and the rightwing network that served him, his attorney Joseph Hurley said during a video hearing on Thursday.

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Israeli police clash with protesters over Palestinian evictions
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 22:50:17 GMT
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Up to 178 Palestinians and six officers injured in skirmishes at al-Aqsa mosque and around east Jerusalem

Israeli police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalemas al-Aqsa mosque amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.

At least 178 Palestinians and six officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islamas third-holiest site and around east Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear.

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Mayor of Mexican town and two officials arrested over disappearance of activist
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 22:09:07 GMT
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  • Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, 48, allegedly seized after protest
  • Mayor belongs to party of President LA3pez Obrador

The mayor of a town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and two officials in her administration have been arrested over the disappearance of an anti-corruption activist who went missing after a protest outside the local town hall.

Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, 48, whose sisters live in Sheffield, disappeared on 26 March after participating in a demonstrations over allegations of arbitrary detention by local police in the municipality of NochixtlA!n, about 375km south-east of Mexico City.

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New York boy stuns family with $2,618 Amazon order for SpongeBob popsicles
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 21:22:20 GMT
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Noah Bryant, four, who is on the autism spectrum, sent a 51-case order of SpongeBob treats to his auntas house

A four-year-old New York boy has left his family with a huge bill after he secretly ordered a staggering $2,618 worth of SpongeBob popsicles from online retailer Amazon.

Noah Bryant, from Brooklyn, ordered 51 cases containing a total of 918 popsicles to be shipped to his auntas house, the local TV station ABC7 reported.

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Covid rips through rural Indiaas threadbare healthcare system
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:57:15 GMT
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The pandemic overwhelming the big cities is reaching areas of Bihar where there is one doctor for 40,000 people

In the small rural village of Kathail, in the east of Indiaas poorest state, Bihar, access to healthcare has always been scarce. But when 34-year-old Umakant Singh fell sick with a cough and fever last week, his brother Mantu Singh did all he could to find help.

For four days Mantu rushed around, collecting the limited medicines he could find for his younger brother and nursing him at home. But he knew what these symptoms meant: Covid-19 had reached their village.

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Coronavirus live: Chinaas Sinopharm jab gets WHO approval; Turkey, Maldives and Nepal added to England ared lista
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 18:04:49 GMT
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Grant Shapps says countries added to mandatory hotel quarantine list; Chinese vaccine is fifth to be approved by World Health Organization

Here is a recap of the main Covid updates from around the world:

Chinaas Sinopharm state company has offered substantial support for the Covax programme to provide Covid vaccines mainly to poor countries, a World Health Organization official has said.

As Reuters reports, senior WHO adviser Bruce Aylward said it would be up to Sinopharm to say how many doses of its vaccine it can provide to the programme, but added:

They are looking at trying to provide substantial support, make substantial doses available while at the same time of course trying to serve Chinaas population.

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New York City proposes vaccinating tourists in popular spots
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:06:58 GMT
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Initiative would park vans administering the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine in tourist locations across the city

Tourists visiting New York City may soon be able to get vaccinated under the bright lights of Times Square or in the shadows of the Empire State Building or Brooklyn Bridge.

Related: Pfizer and BioNTech seek full FDA approval of coronavirus vaccine in US

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How US companies could use patientsa data from Covid vaccine drive
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:40 GMT
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Privacy advocates warn retail pharmacies in particular are blurring the line between public health and commerce

Data rights organizations have warned that patients lack a clear understanding of how information about their health, employment, contact or location details may be used if it is collected by private entities during the Covid-19 vaccine drive.

Some advocates have already expressed concerns that the information could be used for marketing, targeted advertising or de-identified and sold into the multibillion-dollar health data industry.

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aNo one wants to work anymorea: the truth behind this unemployment benefits myth
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:40 GMT
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US employees are concerned about safety, others have caregiving responsibilities and some are using their job loss as an opportunity to find other work

At restaurants across the country a from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Forth Worth, Texas a the same sign is popping up: aWe are short staffed. Please be patient with the staff that did show up. No one wants to work anymore.a

The implication is that the federal governmentas expanded unemployment benefits of $300 each week are keeping people at home instead of behind cash registers and in fast-food kitchens.

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aWeare seen as dogsa: death of Tongan LGBTQ+ activist sparks calls for reform
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:00:32 GMT
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After the alleged murder of Polikalepo Kefu, Pacific LGBTQI groups are calling for change, including revoking sodomy laws

The large hall of the basilica in the Tongan capital Nukuaalofa, hasnat seen many crowds since Covid restrictions were introduced a year ago.

But on Thursday night, people from across all parts of society packed every inch of available space in the venue, clad mostly in black and the traditional woven taaovala dress.

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No laughing matter: the TV prank shows that went too far
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 14:15:36 GMT
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An Iraqi series has just been pulled off the air after staging fake Isis ambushes. So who thinks itas OK to abduct people or simulate a plane crash?

There are prank shows, and then there is Tannab Raslan, an Iraqi prank show so extreme that it has just been yanked off the air. It has an unbelievably cruel premise: Iraqi celebrities are invited to a charity event, which is then ambushed by actors playing militants. In a recent episode, actor Nessma Tanneb gets blindfolded by terrorists and screams in mortal panic until she passes out.

Prank shows exist on a spectrum. There are the ajust for laughsa kind that offend nobody, and exist mainly to kill time on planes. On the other is the show I watched on holiday in Malta 15 years ago, which I definitely didnat imagine, where a succession of terrified people witness a mock drive-by shooting.

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aLike Uber, but for cremationsa: I created a $2m funeral startup a and became a monster
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:40 GMT
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The company I founded in my 20s exploited vulnerable people for profit. I was a merchant of death, and a charlatan

A few years ago I sat on the phone, as a first-time CEO of a funeral startup in my 20s, trying to convince a woman to buy a $1,799 necklace filled with her motheras ashes.

aWell, Katherine. Itas really beautiful.a I paused for dramatic effect. aWe take a charm that you like, letas say a dove, or a cross a or maybe something that meant something to Marcella. And then we fill it with some of her ashes. Whenever you wear it, itas like Marcella is with you a| right next to your heart.a

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Y2k: the late 90s and early 00s fashions making a comeback
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:26:39 GMT
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Hot on the heels of low-rise jeans, we take a look at other Y2k returnees, including jelly shoes and tiny, tiny shoulder bags

Just when you thought current times couldnat get any more fraught, along comes the threat of a low-rise jeans renaissance. And not just low-rise jeans a birthed by Alexander McQueen as abumstersa a but many staples of late-90s and early 00s fashion.

The industry is calling it a aY2k trenda; millennials everywhere are calling it harrowing. But Gen Z is on board (there are TikToks galore) and, predating the trend slightly, Etsy is reporting a 11360% increase in searches for smiley face jewellery, as well as huge upticks for mood rings.

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What we got wrong: the Guardianas worst errors of judgment over 200 years
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 06:00:29 GMT
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Fiercely critical of Abraham Lincoln and at times racist, this newspaperas leader columns did not always get it right

A daily newspaper cannot publish for 200 years without getting some things wrong. This one has made its share of mistakes.

There will always be errors of news judgment given the nature of the work. Tight deadlines meant the sinking of the Titanic was relegated to a small spot on page 9 in 1912; errors of scientific understanding resulted in a 1927 article that promoted the virtues of asbestos, and others in the late 1970s that warned of a looming ice age.

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Itas good Biden is suspending vaccine patents. But the whole rotten system needs overhaul | David Adler and Mamka Anyona
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 10:15:31 GMT
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US tax dollars helped create the Moderna vaccine a and 59% of Americans say Moderna share its vaccine technology with manufacturers worldwide

On 2 October a seven months and over 2,000,000 Covid-19 deaths ago a the governments of India and South Africa petitioned the World Trade Organization to issue a temporary waiver on the Trips Agreement and ensure the aunhindered global sharing of technology and know-how a| for the handling of Covid-19a. Back then, no vaccine had been approved for the prevention of the spread of the virus. But the 100 countries that joined the October petition over the following months knew then what has become apparent to everyone now: the system of pharmaceutical patents is a killing machine.

There is now broad and growing support for the Trips waiver a among doctors, Nobel laureates, senators and a large majority of the US public. On Wednesday, the Biden administration finally announced its intention to support some version of the proposal, changing course amidst a global surge of Covid-19 cases. aThe extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures,a said US trade representative Katherine Tai, committing to atext-based negotiations at the World Trade Organizationa.

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The day of afemale ragea has dawned a and Kate Winslet is its fed-up face | Emma Brockes
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 11:04:09 GMT
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The Iam-done-with-it energy of Mare of Easttown has resonated because it reflects exactly how so many of us feel

Thereas a scene in Mare of Easttown, the new crime drama on HBO/Sky Atlantic starring Kate Winslet, that with minimal fuss captures a mood rarely seen on TV. Winslet plays a detective in smalltown Pennsylvania, where a when sheas sitting on her sofa one night eating an enormous sandwich a a neighbour throws a gallon of milk through her window. She stops eating, briefly, to survey the wreckage, before returning with exquisite deliberation to the sandwich. Through Winsletas character, Mare, Easttown nails that rarely excavated, beautifully enacted vibe of the fed-up middle-aged woman.

It is hard to overstate how much excitement this and similar scenes have caused among women in the US since the show started airing, two weeks ago. Itas not merely that Mare reflects back at us the bombed-out, personal-grooming-gone-to-seed reality of life at the tail end of the pandemic. Nor is it a case of the overused trope of a movie star eschewing makeup as a shorthand for integrity. (I loved the movie Nomadland, recently bombarded with Oscars, but Frances McDormand has in recent years perhaps over-ploughed this furrow to the extent that it can have the opposite effect, making the act of appearing aordinarya seem a little stagey and performative.)

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To win back working people, Labour should learn from Joe Biden | Jonathan Freedland
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:09:21 GMT
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The US president has found the one thing divided parties of the left can agree on

A realignment is under way in British politics, and it is killing Labour. The Toriesa crushing win in Hartlepool, along with gains in English council seats that were once painted deepest red, is proof that Boris Johnsonas 2019 victory was no one-off, no aberration. Put simply, working people in towns across England that once saw voting Labour as a defining part of their identity are now voting Conservative a and they are doing so in big numbers.

An overused word, but the threat to Labour is existential. It cannot win and therefore cannot survive as a potential party of government by relying solely on those who are young, live in a city, have a university degree or are from an ethnic minority: there are just not enough of them. Labour needs the votes of the many millions of others still broadly defined as working class. The clue is in the partyas name. And yet look at Labouras membership: 77% of them in social category ABC1, concentrated heavily in London and the south. One Labour MP says candidly: aThere is a canyon between us and the working class.a

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After humiliation in Hartlepool, where now for smalltown detective DI Starmer? | Marina Hyde
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 08:53:15 GMT
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When a characteras USP is that he gets the job done a and then he singularly fails to get the job done, questions will be asked

The Labour party is now mainly an argument about which wing of itself was worse. Come on, guys a youave got so much in common! Letas face it, you both tank elections. The Tories promise frequent bin collections, Labour promises frequent binfires.

The Conservatives have won Hartlepool, a seat Labour held since its creation in 1974, with a candidate so invisible she might have been an urban myth. Impressively, Labouras remainer candidate was an even more batshit choice. We will of course have to wait whole days to discover all the various stripes of local results, not least whatas happened to Labour seats on Hartlepool council. If youare not sure how many weeks/hours/seconds of postmortem on it all you can stand, remember: you can always run off and join up for the war against France. I guess the key questions Iall be asking before I head for the front are: do you have to quarantine on return? And please tell me thereas indoor seating?

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How a majority Black school in Detroit shook up the world of lacrosse
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:40 GMT
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Although lacrosse is a Native American game, its participants are primarily white. Then the Cass Tech girls team stepped up

Few things in sports are purer than youth athletes celebrating a hard-earned win. The athletes are not famous, and millions of dollars are not on the line.

The purest, most unbridled victory celebration in Detroit high school sports history may have occurred on a lacrosse field in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on 26 April 2021. It was not a rivalry game, and no championship was won.

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Saunders can give Alvarez problems but he may yet regret his impudence | Donald McRae
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:00:30 GMT
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A tawdry week in Texas ends with a world title fight a and Billy Joe Saunders may pay for making SaAol aCaneloa Alvarez angry

aI have no regrets whatsoever,a Billy Joe Saunders said defiantly a few weeks ago as he began to beat the drum for his world title unification fight against the formidable SaAol aCaneloa Alvarez in front of an expected crowd of 60,000 in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night. aI never regret anything a otherwise I wouldnat do it.a

Saunders spoke in typically fiery fashion after he was asked if he felt any remorse for some of his antics over the years. A small selection could start with Saunders being an unrepentant and very loud supporter of Daniel Kinahan, his mentor, who is exiled in Dubai. This year a BBC Panorama investigation into Kinahanas continued involvement in boxing insisted that the Irish courts ahave accepted that the Kinahan Organised Crime Group is involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and gangland executionsa. Saunders led the backlash against the BBC and also appeared to taunt Barry McGuigan, who spoke out against Kinahan, over the death of the former world championas daughter from cancer.

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New age of austerity: Guardiola, Tuchel and the case for the defence | Jonathan Liew
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:45:29 GMT
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Despite all their luxury attacking players it is back-to-basics defending that has been key to Manchester Cityas and Chelseaas success this season

Several epochs ago, back in the long-forgotten wilderness of October 2020, a good deal of airtime and column inches were expended on the curious deluge of high-scoring thrillers that had occurred in the first few rounds of the new Premier League season. Aston Villa put seven past Liverpool. Leicester put five past Manchester City. JosA(c) Mourinhoas Tottenham, who pretty much everyone agreed were a team going places, put six past Ole Gunnar SolskjA|ras Manchester United, who pretty much everyone agreed were sinking without trace.

Everywhere you looked, defences were on fire. By the end of the fourth round of fixtures, the average number of goals per game was a scarcely credible 3.79. As ever, footballas content-industrial complex kicked into gear. Various airy theories were propounded. The lack of crowds. The truncated pre-season. The new handball laws. Dodgy keepers. In a newspaper column, the former England striker Stan Collymore declared that athe art of defending is deada, a pronouncement he had previously made in both 2016 and 2014.

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Wilson fires double as Newcastle dent Leicesteras top-four hopes
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 21:00:24 GMT
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Steve Bruce has faced all kinds of flak this season but one quality he undoubtedly possesses is resilience. Thanks to this win Newcastle will almost certainly be in the Premier League again next season, for better or worse. Leicesteras staying power, on the other hand, is wide open to question once more after a jittery performance that leaves them at risk of letting Champions League qualification slip through their fingers for the second season in a row.

Brendan Rodgersa team are still in the top four but to avoid the pain and embarrassment of dropping out again they may need to win their three remaining league fixtures, which are against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with the FA Cup final in between. They had hoped to drain as much stress as possible from those meetings by dispatching Newcastle. Instead they self-destructed.

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NFL star DK Metcalfas Olympic bid met with skepticism: aThey will destroy hima
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:59:02 GMT
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aFootball players donat have any clue.a

That was the verdict of 2016 US Olympian Mike Rodgers as National Football League wide receiver DK Metcalf prepares to compete in the 100m sprint at Sundayas USA Track and Field (USATF) Golden Games and Distance Open in Walnut, California.

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Even in Super Bowl-winning Tampa, the Glazers are far from loved
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 08:29:31 GMT
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The United owners are not as reviled in Florida as they are in Manchester. But US fans rarely erupt into mass protest - especially if the team is successful

Not that this will make Manchester United fans feel any better, but the Glazers are barely visible in the Tampa Bay too, even though the family has owned the local NFL team since 1995 and won the Super Bowl three months ago (thanks mostly to Tom Brady and a turbocharged defense).

The family frontman, if he can be called that, is Joel Glazer, one of six children of the late Malcolm Glazer. Joel Glazer typically makes himself available to Tampa media only once a year, and although he has a pleasant demeanor, he is hardly expansive on his familyas dealings with the club.

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Champions League: FA in talks over relocating final as Turkey joins red list
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 19:46:46 GMT
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  • Manchester City and Chelsea fans affected by move
  • FA in talks with Uefa over bringing final to England

The Football Association is in talks with Uefa over relocating the Champions League final to England after Turkey was placed on the UK governmentas travel red list.

Uefa had been expected to confirm details on Friday for the final on 29 May, with Manchester City and Chelsea fans expected to be allocated at least 4,000 tickets each for the match in Istanbul.

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Tokyo ramps up for Olympics but winners will be scarce if Games go ahead | Kieran Pender
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:00:32 GMT
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In less than three monthsa time, the city will welcome about 11,000 athletes and perhaps double that number of staff, coaches and journalists. Plus, almost inevitably, Covid-19

Perhaps the Tokyo 2021 Olympics will provide the answer to an age-old question: what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the globe, and the International Olympic Committee remains steadfast in its mantra that the Games will go ahead, the world awaits the 23 July opening ceremony to see what happens upon impact.

The Olympics are immovable for one reason only: money. Three-quarters of the IOCas revenue comes from television rights alone, for two events a the summer and winter Games a held every four years. For the IOC, the threat of a multi-billion dollar black hole in its budget is too much to bear. Covid be damned.

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Noel Clarke and the allegations that have shaken the film and television industry a podcast
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 02:00:23 GMT
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Journalists Lucy Osborne and Sirin Kale discuss the allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment by 20 women against Clarke

On 10 April 2021, the actor, director and writer Noel Clarke was awarded one of the most prestigious accolades bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the prize for outstanding British contribution to cinema. But 13 days before presenting Clarke with his award, Bafta was informed about the existence of several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment against Clarke. Bafta does not dispute it received anonymous emails and reports of allegations via intermediaries, but said it was provided with no evidence that would allow it to investigate.

Journalists Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne tell Rachel Humphreys about their investigation into Clarke. They spoke to 20 women, all of whom knew Clarke in a professional capacity. They variously accuse him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.

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Seth Meyers on Floridaas voting law: aSigning the bill on Fox & Friends gives the game awaya
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:39:21 GMT
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Late-night hosts discuss a restrictive new law, Arizonaas conspiracy-fueled election audit, and Caitlyn Jenneras Hannity interview

Seth Meyers discussed an ominous new bill signed by the Florida governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday, the latest Republican-backed voting restrictions bill to become law in a contentious election state. aRather than appeal to a majority of voters, [Republicans] would rather just rig the game so they always win,a the Late Night host said. aThey are trying to codify Trumpas big election lie and make it canon.a

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Coldplayas Chris Martin says lockdowns forced him to re-evaluate fame
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:28:30 GMT
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Frontman says Covid pandemic means he has tried ato not attach too much to being a pop stara

The Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has said Covid lockdowns forced him to confront and re-evaluate his relationship with fame.

aLast year was a quite an eye-opener,a he told BBC Radio 2. aI was like, aWho am I without Wembley stadium, saying youare awesome?a Iam trying in my life right now to not attach too much to being a pop star. Iam trying not to get my self-worth from external validation.a

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Ziwe review a patchy TV series struggles to adapt viral comedy fame
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:04:40 GMT
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Adaptation of the comicas confrontational Instagram show faces familiar comedy struggle of adapting an ever-changing zeitgeist to TV

Ziwe, the professional mononym for 29-year-old Nigerian-American comic Ziwe Fumudoh, became one of the hottest stars in comedy last summer with a series of grippingly sly, confrontational Instagram Live interviews. The live show zinged with needling, direct questions about racism and white peopleas attempts to escape complicity with interpersonal niceness, at a time when many people, particularly white Americans, performed (however sincerely) anti-racism in Instagram slide shows, black squares and hollow slogans.

Related: "People say I hate white people": comedian Ziwe on her provocative new show

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Noel Clarke accused of sexual harassment on Doctor Who set
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:39 GMT
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Exclusive: BBC faces questions as further allegations made about Clarke a and co-star John Barrowman is accused of exposing himself

The Noel Clarke sexual harassment controversy threatens to embroil the BBC after several sources came forward to allege they were sexually harassed or inappropriately touched by the actor on a flagship show, Doctor Who.

Another Doctor Who actor, John Barrowman, has also been accused of repeatedly exposing himself to co-workers on two BBC productions, prompting questions about whether the corporation allowed a lax culture on its sets during the mid-2000s.

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Snow Whiteas kiss is far from the dodgiest Disney moment
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 08:44:45 GMT
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From Peter Pan to The Aristocats, much of Disneyas back catalogue features potentially offensive stereotypes

When is a kiss not just a kiss, but something more sinister? Most would agree that consent a and certainly the involvement of Donald Trump a should play a major role in such a discussion, but few of us would have spotted the scene in which Prince Charming wakes up the title character with a smooch in 1937as Disney classic Snow White as a problematic moment, even in 2021. After all, the concept of kissing as a way to break magical spells and curses has been a fairytale staple for centuries in stories such as The Frog Prince.

Theme park reviewers Katie Dowd and Julie Tremaine of SFGate saw things differently. In a review of Disneyland Anaheimas recently revamped Snow White ride, which features a fresh denouement based on the atrue loveas kissa scene, they described the kiss as one ahe gives to her without her consent, while sheas asleep, which cannot possibly be true love if only one person knows itas happening,a adding: aHavenat we already agreed that consent in early Disney movies is a major issue? That teaching kids that kissing, when it hasnat been established if both parties are willing to engage, is not OK?a

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Billie Eilish is publishing her family photos: aIt made me miss a lot of parts of my lifea
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:54:36 GMT
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Ahead of her new album, the singer is publishing her childhood snaps as a book, showing life before her rise to fame at just 14. Now 19, she says she awouldnat do it differentlya

The small girl in the photo, sitting at a piano while singing into a toy microphone, could be any child. But she is Billie Eilish: one of the worldas biggest stars from the age of 14, famous for her dreamy and moody brand of pop, the singer of the next James Bond theme. Now just 19, she is on the precipice of launching her second album, Happier Than Ever, and fresh from relaunching herself; her bleached locks and vixenesque makeover on the cover of Vogue this week launched a thousand thinkpieces. But before the album, she is releasing a quieter project: a book of her family snaps that gives fans glimpses into her childhood, and non-fans a rather poignant insight into the strangeness of fame.

Eilish loves her family photo albums, but she wonat risk taking them on the road with her as athey are way too valuable,a she tells the Guardian. aI love going through them when Iam home though, I always make a point to sit and go through them every now and then.a

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Monster review a Kelvin Harrison Jr anchors wrenching Netflix drama
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 05:17:27 GMT
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Another standout performance from the young actor lifts a sturdy, if at times uneven, tale of a teen unknowingly caught up in a crime

Although it screened back at the 2018 Sundance film festival, stark Harlem-set drama Monster about a black teen swallowed up by a cruel legal system, remains just as timely in 2021, a story of a grim predicament that would probably feel similarly relevant in another three or even six years down the line. Strange that itas gathered dust for so long, less a sign of its quality and packed cast (many of whom have grown in stature since) and more perhaps of the time of its premiere, nestled alongside two other dramas covering crudely similar ground (Blindspotting and Monsters and Men), finding itself swallowed up by an industry still only willing to give black stories a small piece of the pie.

Related: Stowaway review a a devastating dilemma drives tense Netflix sci-fi

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Olivia Rodrigo: aIam a teenage girl. I feel heartbreak and longing really intenselya
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 05:00:27 GMT
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The Drivers License singer reflects on turning her first big breakup into the yearas biggest hit a and how songwriting saved her from the anxieties of being a Disney star

Do you remember your first heartbreak? If not, 18-year-old Olivia Rodrigoas debut single, Drivers License, may awaken some dusty memories. The story of passing her test and driving past the house of the ex she had planned to celebrate with, it filters Adele-scale devastation through Taylor Swiftas wit and Lordeas mysticism, balancing hangdog self-pity (aIave never felt this way for no one!a) with stinging indignation: aGuess you didnat mean what you wrote in that song about me!a she belts at its climax. Perhaps being called out as a phoney songwriter is even worse than being a cad.

Released in January, Drivers License sprang (almost) out of nowhere like a heaved sob. Four days later, it broke Spotify records for the most single-day streams (Christmas songs exempted). The next day, it broke that record again. After 10 weeks at No 1 in the US and nine in the UK, it has been streamed 1.9bn times. Next Tuesday, the California-born songwriter makes her live debut at the Brits; the following weekend, she does Saturday Night Live; a week later she releases her debut album, Sour, a grippingly well written a all by her a collection of balladry, pop-punk, bitter diatribes and euphoric taunts that dwells on this romantic treachery. Even in an era when virality powers pop, Rodrigoas is a fast rise.

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Hear me out: why Deep Rising isnat a bad movie
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 06:14:29 GMT
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The latest in our series of writers defending movies hated by most is a plea to reconsider a boisterously entertaining B-movie horror

Deep Rising, Stephen Sommersa second-best film, opened a year before The Mummy, his best film, and met dismissive pooh-poohing from critics: aAlien meets Titanica, read the negative notices. A couple of positive notices made the same comparison, but in the understanding that itas a feature and not a bug; itas worth pointing out, too, that Alien, a paragon of horror and science-fiction film-making, is itself the product of mashed-up influences, a film that Dan OaBannon stole, in his words, not from aanybodya but aeverybodya: Mario Bava, Christopher Nyby, Fred M Wilcox, EC Comics. Frankly, itas faster to list the sources Alien didnat borrow from.

Related: Hear me out: why Coneheads isnat a bad movie

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Capitol police condemned by US states for January attack failures, emails show
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 07:00:30 GMT
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Meeting of mayors and police chiefs criticized afailed leadershipa as documents reveal insurrection sent ripples through state agencies

A January meeting of mayors and police chiefs of large American cities criticized afailed leadership by Capitol police and a failure to plana over the rightwing insurrection in Washington on 6 January, according to emails reviewed by the Guardian.

Related: Explosives and weaponry found at US far-right protests, documents reveal

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George Floyd death: four ex-police officers indicted on civil rights charges
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 16:14:02 GMT
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  • Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J Kueng and Tou Thao charged
  • Quartet accused of violating Floydas constitutional rights

A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floydas arrest and murder, accusing them of violating the Black manas constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air, according to indictments unsealed on Friday.

The three-count indictment on civil rights charges names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J Kueng and Tou Thao.

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Footage reveals Ohio state senator driving during Zoom call
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 13:43:57 GMT
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Andrew Brenner used background of home office on same day a bill to ban distracted driving was introduced

An Ohio state senator used a virtual background of his home office in an apparent attempt to conceal the fact that he was driving during a Zoom meeting a on the same day a bill to ban distracted driving was introduced.

Andrew Brenner might have succeeded in fooling the meeting with the stateas controlling board, were it not for the seatbelt strapped across his chest, glimpses of the road behind him and the constant turning of his head as he changed lanes.

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Big cat comeback? Florida strikes bipartisan deal to help endangered panthers
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 10:30:32 GMT
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State lawmakers agree on $400m measure to expand awildlife corridorsa in effort to help panthers and other endangered species

In a political culture where bipartisan legislation is a rare species, lawmakers in one state have come together to agree major new conservation efforts that will help that other endangered animal a the Florida panther.

The big cat, whose habitat has a history of being swallowed up and its numbers hunted by humans, is expected to benefit from a $400m cash boost.

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Wyoming stands up for coal with threat to sue states that refuse to buy it
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:40 GMT
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Republican governor says measure sends message that Wyoming is aprepared to bring litigation to protect her interestsa

Wyoming is faced by a transition to renewable energy thatas gathering pace across America, but it has now come up with a novel and controversial plan to protect its mining industry a sue other states that refuse to take its coal.

A new state law has created a $1.2m fund to be used by Wyomingas governor to take legal action against other states that opt to power themselves with clean energy such as solar and wind, in order to meet targets to tackle the climate crisis, rather than burn Wyomingas coal.

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Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms surprises by not seeking second term
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:14:08 GMT
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Bottoms, who was elected mayor in 2017 and is just the second Black woman to lead the city, did not provide a reason

The mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was seen as a possible running mate for Joe Biden in last yearas presidential election, said late on Thursday she will not seek a second term in office.

Bottoms, 51, who was elected mayor in 2017 and is just the second Black woman to lead the city, did not provide a specific reason for her decision and did not say what she would do next, when she announced the surprise news.

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Sixth-grade girl shoots three at Idaho middle school
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:51:32 GMT
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Victims expected to survive attack, which ended when teacher disarmed student, authorities say

A sixth-grade girl shot two students and a custodian at an Idaho middle school on Thursday before being disarmed by a teacher, authorities said.

The Jefferson county sheriff, Steve Anderson, said the girl had fired multiple rounds inside and outside Rigby middle school in the small city of Rigby, about 95 miles south-west of Yellowstone national park.

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Texas lawmakers race against the clock to push through new voting restrictions
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 04:53:57 GMT
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Legislators began debating a bill Thursday night that would restrict voting in what is already the hardest state to vote in nationwide

Texas lawmakers are locked in a fight over legislation that would further restrict voting access, as Republicans lean on procedural moves to avoid public testimony and keep eleventh-hour negotiations behind closed doors.

aNo rules are going to contain them. No norms are going to protect us. Theyare gonna do whatever they want to, and whatever they can, to get these bills through,a said Emily Eby, staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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US military has ano plana to shoot down debris from falling Chinese rocket
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 09:25:42 GMT
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Defense secretary is hopeful rocket will crash in the ocean; Aerospace Corp said it expects debris to hit the Pacific near the equator

The US military has no plan to shoot down the remnants of a large Chinese rocket expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend, the defense secretary said on Thursday.

Speaking with reporters, the US defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, said the hope was the rocket would land in the ocean and that the latest estimate was that it would come down between Saturday and Sunday.

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Amnesty International restores Alexei Navalnyas prisoner of conscience status
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 18:04:46 GMT
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  • Human rights group apologizes to Russian opposition leader
  • Navalnyas past nationalist statements had been at issue

Amnesty International has apologized to the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for stripping him of its aprisoner of consciencea status and said it would restore the designation.

Amnesty announced on 24 February that it would stop referring to Russiaas most prominent opposition activist as a prisoner of conscience on the grounds that in the past he had made comments that qualified as advocacy of hatred.

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Mexican president accuses US of interference over funding for NGOs
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 17:02:37 GMT
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  • Diplomatic note sent ahead of meeting with Kamala Harris
  • Anti-corruption and press freedom groups draw official ire

Mexicoas populist president has accused the United States of undue interference in the countryas internal affairs just before a virtual meeting with the US vice-president, Kamala Harris, which was expected to focus on slowing Central American migration.

Related: Amlo calls decision to disqualify candidates aa blow to democracya

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aWeare piggy in the middlea: Brexit has made life impossible, say Jersey fishers
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 13:10:49 GMT
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Their families have been fishing here for decades but despite promises of frictionless trade, the market for their fish is disappearing

Steph Noel, who has been fishing the waters off Jersey for almost four decades, could not see the point of chugging out to sea in his 8.5-metre boat, Belle Bird, this weekend.

aThereas no value in it for me,a he said. aItall cost me in bait and diesel but even if I have a good day thereas no market there for what I bring back.a

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Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed critically injured in bomb blast
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 15:49:53 GMT
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Police treating attack in capital Male that wounded four others including British national as act of terrorism

The former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has been left in a critical condition following an assassination attempt that also wounded four others, including a British national.

Police said they were treating the bomb blast, which occurred at about 8.30pm local time on Thursday evening, as an act of terrorism.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir